We have just got back after a week and a bit away. We went to a wedding in London first where our son had the pleasant duty of giving his Mother in Law away, then as we were over in that part of the country, the next day we headed down to Sussex Prairies Garden, stopping at the National Trust garden, Nymans, on the way, this was a surprise to me, I knew nothing about stopping at this one!
The autumn colours were quite evident when we first entered the garden, making a good contrast with the evergreens.
The first hint of the joys to come! We last visited many years ago and I remembered that the double borders were full of annuals backed by I think a yew hedge, so I was wondering what we would find.
The big hedge has gone and now the double borders are full of late summer perennials, looking just magnificent with large blocks of each plant contrasting with its neighbour. A few plants had gone over, but this didn’t spoil the overall picture.
These borders certainly show that a garden isn’t finished by the month of October. The main purpose of visiting these gardens on this holiday was to get more ideas for the border by the field which I started to change last year. The planting there is looking very new and lets be honest, a bit pathetic in places !
I obviously need to move plants that I already have spaced out along the border and bring them together to form larger blocks of colour. I also have some of the same plants in different parts of the garden, so I can see that in the next few weeks I will be playing musical plants once more!
To save having to buy all these extra plants, I will have to take cuttings of some and hope that I haven’t left it too late for this year.
Dahlias were forming huge blocks of colour and the silver leaved plants showed a beautiful contrast.
The house isn’t habitable any more, I think there was a fire many, many years ago.
Euchryphia Nymansay is the name of this beautiful tree, named after the house here. Legend has it that some seedlings were grown on and labelled A Band C.
This was seedling A which became Nymansay, really gorgeous flowers.
Having walked round more of the garden, I am drawn back to the double borders which are behind the topiary in the distance.
I need more asters and rudbeckias, also I have lots of penstemon cuttings in the greenhouse which can be used and I need to buy some helianthus to make a tall patch of yellow.
If this first garden has inspired me so much, I’m not going to have room for all the ideas that are swimming round my head, by the time we come home again!
A last look at the double borders before we leave for Sussex Prairies Garden, if this has inspired me, then what will the next garden do, will I want to rip everything out and start all over again?! Give me a couple of days to catch up with myself and I will let you know!